Stress Specialist

Jane Algus, M.D.

Psychiatrist & Psychotherapist located in Midtown West, New York, NY

Stress is a normal part of life that can ultimately help you make positive changes. However, when stress becomes unmanageable, it can overwhelm you emotionally and lead to disruptive symptoms and behaviors. At Jane Algus, M.D. in Midtown West, Manhattan, Dr. Algus, a board-certified psychiatrist, can help you respond to stress more productively and limit its negative impact on your life. Like you, she lives and works in one of the most competitive cities in the world and understands how stressful life in New York City can be. Call the office or schedule a consultation online today.

Stress Q & A

What is stress?

Stress is your body’s reaction to change, whether you’re anticipating a transition or already going through the process of change. It’s a normal reaction that stimulates your response to perceived danger with heightened awareness and motivation. However, when you face continuous stress at work or home, your body isn’t able to recover, and stress-related tension builds in your mind and body.

What are symptoms of stress?

Stress triggers your body’s autonomic fight or flight response, which helps you respond to a perceived threat. However, when this response is constantly activated, your cortisol levels increase and stay elevated, which can lead to a wide range of symptoms, including:

  • Headaches
  • Irritability
  • Indecisiveness
  • Elevated blood pressure
  • Upset stomach
  • Chest pain
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Insomnia


When left unmanaged, stress can contribute to other mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety, which cause even more disruption to your life and wellness. Stress also leads to dangerous or self-destructive behaviors like smoking, alcohol abuse, promiscuous sexual activity, or excessive gambling.

What causes stress?

The causes of stress are often challenging to diagnose because of the subjective nature of your response, meaning that the situations that cause stress vary from person to person. There are, however, common themes to stress such as challenges at work or in relationships.

How is stress treated?

Dr. Algus provides customized treatment plans to help you manage your stress levels. She advocates for healthy lifestyle choices and may encourage you to change your diet and commit to regular exercise.

She also provides life and career coaching services to help you focus on your goals. For example, Dr. Algus helps you identify your goals and create a plan of action to achieve them. Then you have regular appointments where you discuss your progress and any obstacles that are interfering with your success.

If your stress is causing symptoms of anxiety or depression, Dr. Algus can also provide psychopharmacological treatment and therapy to help you resolve your symptoms and restore your wellness.

There is no single approach to stress management. Dr. Algus provides customized support and therapy to help you manage your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors to minimize the adverse effects of stress on you, your family, and your life.

If you’re struggling with stress, call Jane Algus, M.D. or schedule a consultation online today.